Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SBB taps Bombardier for TWINDEXX trains

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Bombardier Transportation has won the tender from Swiss Federal Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, or SBB) to supply 59 TWINDEXX double-deck trains for intercity rail travel. The contract, valued at $1.6 billion, makes the TWINDEXX project the largest vehicle order in the SBB’s history, Bombardier says. The contract also includes options for more than 100 additional TWINDEXX trains.

Delivery of the TWINDEXX trains will begin in 2012, and the first vehicles will appear in the standard timetables on or about December 2013. All 59 trains will be delivered by the end of 2019.

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The TWINDEXX concept was developed by the Bombardier Transportation Competence Center for Double-Deck Technology in Görlitz, Germany. Features include spacious interior compartments, wide doors for entry and exit, wireless internet access, and business class compartments. The trains are fitted with electronic customer information and emergency call systems as well as CCTV.

The roll compensation provided by Bombardier’s FLEXX Tronic WAKO system compensates the natural roll movement of the carbody, thus maximizing comfort for passengers and at the same time allowing the train to take curves quickly. The TWINDEXX trains thus will be able to increase their speed on curves by 15%, thus significantly reducing travel time, Bombardier says.

Bombardier Transportation President André Navarri said, “We would like to thank the SBB for placing their trust in us and are very much looking forward to continuing this successful collaboration. Switzerland has always played an important role for Bombardier, both as a market and as a production location. The three Swiss sites with 900 employees are not only a fixture in the country’s traditional rail industry but are also important elements of our international network of innovation and production. The TWINDEXX trains open a new chapter in this success story.”

Stéphane Wettstein, chief country representative of Bombardier Transportation in Switzerland, said, “The TWINDEXX double-deck train,with its innovative roll compensation, is a future-oriented concept, yet it also employs tried and tested elements of technology. The TWINDEXX trainsare not only extremely comfortable but, thanks to their low operating costs, offer long-term added value in economic terms as well. The decision is also really good news for employees in Switzerland. Our sites in Villeneuve, Zürich, and Winterthur are going to benefit considerably from this collaboration. They share a leading role in the project together with our Competence Center for Double-Deck Technology in Görlitz, Germany.”

SBB Chief Executive Officer Andreas Meyer said, “Looked at objectively, Bombardier best fulfilled the wide-ranging criteria to win the contract. The up-to-date, customer-friendly trains and a further improved product range offer numerous, noticeable advantages for our customers. What is more, the roll compensation means that we can also save more time, improving punctuality and reducing missed connections. This is an important step towards improving our own service.”